Once upon a time reflection

Begining, Middle, End

A story always has a begining, a middle and an end. It can be told from various points of view and interpretated differently between each person. Our task was to choose an image that suggested a begining middle and end. We needed to research into the story, find out what it tells and how does it tell it.

The understanding of the story is vital although each person sees it differently so even though there is no right or wrong answer they story itself but be ovbious and portrayed well.

Researching a story is difficult as there are so many to chose from. Using my research skills I was able to find the perfect one. I had trouble finding a good quality image so I manipulated it slighty on photoshop giving it a better result. I hope to create a story of my own that other people can relate to when they see it.


A Journey Reflection

It can be a Religious, Spirtual or Physical Journey

Our task was to find an image representing a journey. We had to show a stage of a journey and explain the reason? motivation? what was discovered? how recorded? I did mine on a book called ‘On the road’ this was important as it had significant life values, someones journey through life. I can now imagine and understand another persons journey.

I had a problem with my idea as it was a book so I was unable to get an image of the man’s journey so instead I gathered a few different book cover versions to illustrate my topic.

What I would like to do next is take a leap of faith and find my way in the world as this man had inspired to achieve.

Propaganda Reflection

Propaganda- Twisting altering truth. Mild form of brainwashing.
look up definition, WWII protagonists, Do I believe what I see?

Our task was to choose an event of war or political drive and look at a series of images and explain them. This was important to know as it informed us about propaganda and our history. I will know these facts for future projects and I can use the layout of the propaganda as future inspiration.

I struggled to find a good enough quality image to use for my pdf however once I had manipulated a few in photoshop I found a suitable one. I will insert this information in to my pdf.

Frozen moment Reflection

The frozen moment constructed and captured.

Frozen action, chance encounter, staged, planned

Our task was to chose an image that attempts to freeze time as part of the narrative process and discuss. It could be our own photograph!

This was important to realize how fast time flies but to capture it in a second holds it still forever. I have learned that I must never miss an opportunity for a photograph as time goes past fast. I will be able to apply this knowledge to future projects. When doing this project I had trouble finding an image that showed frozen time but also movement, I tried out a new angle on research and overcame the issue. Next on my list I will add this to my pdf.


Impressions gallery

In this image I can see a road junction with signs in the foreground and tall buildings in the background. I like this image because of the composition, it seems so vacant and quiet in the forground but so busy and loud in the background.

The composition is clever in this image in the way the junction is in the centre of the image drawing your attention to it but then your eyes follow on to the bus background of buildings and movement. The camera seems to have been postioned quite close to the junction but a long distant away from the buildings.

This implies that the viewer is meant to be focusing on the junction. In this image there is no sign of humanity or living life. This must imply that the environment is key in the image. Even though there is a junction there are no cars in sight this shows that it could be a place of abandonment. There appears to be no source of artificial light just natural light. The image is in black and white possibly to give it an eerie effect and add more drama.

It seems that throughout John Kemp’s exhibition he has gone for a vacant abandonment theme, with few traces of humanity. When I look at his work it makes me feel almost lonley as there is no sign of anyone else just space. It makes me think about what it would be like if I were the only person left on earth.

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Once upon a time

On Victory over Japan Day a photograph of a sailor kissing a woman in a white dress became iconic. ‘Victory over Japan Day’ is the day Japan surrendered which brought the end of World War II. This spontanious event that took place on the day was captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt. The excitment and chemistry shown between these two people is impulsive and forceful but it projects a meaning of intimacy and togetherness that two complete strangers can share in celebration. The idenities in the photograph are unknown which adds drama to the story as we dont know who they are where they came from or what they were doing that day apart from kissing. What became of these two young people? The identity of the woman was eventually found her name was Edith Shain. Although the man‘s identity never was. There were other photos taken that day in the same style however those photographs were staged. One couple the woman who’s name was Rita Petry and the man who’s name was George Mendonsa had in fact married a year later. Love at first sight!

Quote- Alfred Eisenstaedt “In Times Square on V.J. Day I saw a sailor running along the street grabbing any and every girl in sight. Whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn’t make a difference. I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me. Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture. If the sailor had worn a white uniform, the same. I took exactly four pictures. It was done within a few seconds. Only one is right, on account of the balance. In the others the emphasis is wrong — the sailor on the left side is either too small or too tall. People tell me that when I am in heaven they will remember this picture”.


A Journey

‘On the road’ A book by Jack Kerouac American writer Jack Kerouac wrote a novel based on his travels across America with his friends. It was first published in 1957. On the road is said to be part of the ‘Beat Generation’, which is a group of American post World War II writers formed in the 1950’s. They document their life in the surroundings of jazz, poetry and drug use. In ‘On the road’ the characters involved are based on Kerouac’s real life friends who form the core of the ‘Beat Generation’ theirs names Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. On the road is Jack Kerouac’s fierce personal quest for meaning and belonging to find himself. With all the conflict and contradiction in the world ‘Beat Generation’ were formed to find a way through and make sense of the world. It represents freedom and defines what it is meant to be ‘beat’. In the first section of ‘On the road’ you are introduced to almost all of the characters and it is the central part for conflicts and dilemmas. Each personality is unique all with different outlooks on life, teaching their meanings and life stories. ‘With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the road’.

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road: The Original Scroll “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road “My whole wretched life swam before my weary eyes, and I realized no matter what you do it’s bound to be a waste of time in the end so you might as well go mad.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road: The Original Scroll “They have worries, they’re counting the miles, they’re thinking about where to sleep tonight, how much money for gas, the weather, how they’ll get there – and all the time they’ll get there anyway, you see.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road: The Original Scroll